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Happy New Year; Cemetech's 2011 In Review
Published by KermMartian on January 5, 2012 at 9:33:36 PM CST | Discuss this article (14)

As 2012 begins and we venture forth on bigger and better explorations into technology here at Cemetech, I'd like to glance back over the major developments of 2011. I had planned to make this review a part of the Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays; Upcoming Projects news post, but circumstances unfortunately decided otherwise. The silver lining is that I will be sending this out as an email to our absent members, to let them know what's happening at Cemetech and remind them of Cemetech Contest 8. Although our members were busier than ever with school, work, and life this year, we succeeded in publishing a respectable number of popular programs and projects, and activity on Cemetech flourished. We continued our focus on TI graphing calculator programming while making huge strides into Casio Prizm coding. In the coming year, we have plenty of individual and Cemetech-wide projects planned, some of which have been announced, and others of which are still under wraps.

The year of 2011 started off with globalCALCnet successes built upon the eight-year-delayed release of fully-functional CALCnet 2.2 at the end of 2010. The first globalCALCnet-enabled calculator joined Cemetech's IRC channel in early January, after which my and Merthsoft's CALCnet Chat 1.0 client was released so that all TI-83+/84+ calculators could join IRC and/or chat amongst themselves. gCn reached internet-wide popularity with a Slashdot article, and then followed up with my Obliterate 1.0 networked scorched-earth game and the introduction of Doors CS 7.2 with direct USB gCn support. Cerzus69's impressive grayscale game Benumbered 2.0 joined the lineup of high-quality grayscale ASM calculator games at the end of March. Around the same time, I purchased a Casio Prizm color-screen graphing calculator, and shortly thereafter wrote a scathing editorial, Casio Prizm: Why TI Calc Coders Should Abandon the Nspire CX. TI responded by reaching out in June with Lua for the Nspire, but many at Cemetech remained skeptical.

Later in the summer, Cemetech's web browser for graphing calculators, Gossamer 1.0, joined Doors CS 7.2 Beta 2 in further advancing the state of the art of calculator programming. July saw growing popularity of that project, and the final month of the summer brought a summit of three Cemetech admins in Maine that led to two fascinating new focuses for Cemetech, space exploration and x-treme sports. A port of Obliterate 1.0 for the Casio Prizm was released in September, SourceCoder 2.5 gained Prizm BASIC support in October, Merthsoft published a refined Periodic Table for the Prizm in November, and a public beta of Tetrizm for the Prizm was released in December.

In 2011, many of Cemetech's hardware projects reached fruition or were resurrected. Cemetech's old instant-party system returned as PartyMode 2.0. The internet at large was fascinated to see a calculator and a floppy drive playing music, the video for which garnered 47,000 views and 106 likes in about a month. As far as hardware, the year ended with my door-mounted E-Paper information panel finally completed after a year.

Covering a few final miscellaneous items of news, contests, community news, reviews, statistics, and good friends abounded. Jonimus and Merthsoft were both promoted to full administrators in April, just as Merthsoft released a Minesweeper game for the Prizm. On the suggestion of Cemetech moderator Swivelgames, Cemetech acquired the Cemete.ch domain in May, and continued to maintain active Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus accounts (go subscribe to them all if you haven't already already!). Kerm and many other Cemetech users submitted entries to TIForge's impressive zContest, and Cemetech hosted the ASM portion of the contest judging. On their inspiration, Cemetech announced Cemetech Contest 8, focused on arcade games. The deadline is January 22nd, so you still have plenty of time to enter if you haven't already. For the first time in its history, Cemetech pulled two wins out of ticalc.org's 2011 Program of the Year voting, with four projects in the running from two authors. Finally, Cemetech's weekly Have Calculator, Will Program (HCWP) teleconference breezed past the one-year mark in now nearly fifteen months old.

Here's to another year of successes and good coding fun!

2012 Articles
January 2012 January 2012 [Back to News Archives Index]

» Happy New Year; Cemetech's 2011 In Review published January 5, 2012 by KermMartian
» Defeat SOPA/PIPA; Contest 8 End Looms published January 18, 2012 by KermMartian
» 900K Downloads; Contest 8 Ends Today published January 22, 2012 by KermMartian
» [InDev] jsTIfied, a Javascript TI-83+ Emulator published January 24, 2012 by KermMartian

February 2012 February 2012 [Back to News Archives Index]

» [Prizm] Tetrizm v1.0 published February 2, 2012 by KermMartian
» Public jsTIfied Beta: a TI-83+ in Your Browser published February 6, 2012 by KermMartian
» Cemetech Contest #8 Results published February 22, 2012 by KermMartian
» State of the Prizm: February 2012 published February 24, 2012 by KermMartian
» Introducing "Programming the TI-83+/84+" published February 28, 2012 by KermMartian

March 2012 March 2012 [Back to News Archives Index]

» Cemetech to Bring Full-Color Prizm 3D Graphing published March 3, 2012 by KermMartian
» Graph3DP Video Demo; Prizm OS 1.04 published March 15, 2012 by KermMartian

April 2012 April 2012 [Back to News Archives Index]

» Graph3DP v1.0 Beta 1; Prizm Hacking Continues published April 1, 2012 by KermMartian
» Prizm Successfully Overclocked, Underclocked published April 4, 2012 by KermMartian
» United-TI To Merge Into Cemetech published April 15, 2012 by KermMartian
» United-TI Forum Archives Open at Cemetech published April 21, 2012 by KermMartian

May 2012 May 2012 [Back to News Archives Index]

» More Prizm Gaming: 3D and OverClui published May 2, 2012 by KermMartian
» New Moderators: Tari, Weregoose, Xeda112358 published May 9, 2012 by KermMartian
» Kernel Hacking: Connect an SSD1289 LCD to a Beaglebone published May 17, 2012 by KermMartian
» SourceCoder: A TI-83+ Emulator in your TI-BASIC Editor published May 28, 2012 by KermMartian

June 2012 June 2012 [Back to News Archives Index]

» First Impressions of the Casio ClassPad 330 published June 19, 2012 by KermMartian
» "Programming the TI-83+/84+" Heads to Production published June 21, 2012 by KermMartian
» Doom, 3D Graphing Advance on Casio Prizm published June 25, 2012 by KermMartian

July 2012 July 2012 [Back to News Archives Index]

» Doors CS 7 Ornament, IRC Stats, Updates published July 12, 2012 by KermMartian
» A Formal Unveiling of WikiPrizm published July 20, 2012 by KermMartian

August 2012 August 2012 [Back to News Archives Index]

» TI-89 Titanium Disassembly and Backlighting published August 9, 2012 by KermMartian
» [Prizm] Introducing LuaZM published August 17, 2012 by KermMartian
» Back-To-School Guide 2012 Part 1: Buying a Graphing Calc published August 27, 2012 by KermMartian

September 2012 September 2012 [Back to News Archives Index]

» Graph3DP 1.0 Release Candidate 1 published September 2, 2012 by KermMartian
» Back-To-School Guide 2012 Part 2: Put Games on Your Calc published September 4, 2012 by KermMartian
» [Prizm] Graph3DP 1.0 Released published September 6, 2012 by KermMartian
» LuaZM v0.1 Beta: Lua for the Casio Prizm published September 8, 2012 by KermMartian
» Back-To-School Guide 2012 Part 3: Learn to Program published September 12, 2012 by KermMartian
» Calculator Hacking at Maker Faire 2012 published September 13, 2012 by KermMartian
» jsTIfied Online Emulator Adds Beta TI-84+/SE Support published September 18, 2012 by KermMartian
» "Programming the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus" Published published September 28, 2012 by KermMartian
» Maker Faire 12 Day 1: Educators' Choice; Hackaday Interview published September 29, 2012 by KermMartian

October 2012 October 2012 [Back to News Archives Index]

» Cemetech at World Maker Faire 2012 Recap published October 3, 2012 by KermMartian
» Games: Alien Breed 5 and Bloxorz published October 6, 2012 by KermMartian
» jsTIfied 1.0 Release Candidate 1 published October 9, 2012 by KermMartian
» Play @ Cemetech: MC and UT2004 published October 14, 2012 by KermMartian
» "Programming the TI-83+/84+" for Kindle/eBook published October 20, 2012 by KermMartian
» Cemetech Gets a Fresh Look published October 25, 2012 by KermMartian

November 2012 November 2012 [Back to News Archives Index]

» TI-84 Plus C Color-Screen Calculator Discovered published November 8, 2012 by KermMartian
» Cemetech Founder to Speak at Texas Instruments T3 Conference published November 9, 2012 by KermMartian
» Official Updates About TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition Software published November 12, 2012 by KermMartian
» Cemetech Contest #9 Announced published November 14, 2012 by KermMartian
» Nspire Ribbon Repair And Miscellany published November 18, 2012 by KermMartian
» 200K Posts, Other Stats published November 18, 2012 by KermMartian
» Exploring Options for Expansion published November 19, 2012 by Alex
» Casio Announces ClassPad fx-CP400 Color Touch Calculator published November 29, 2012 by KermMartian

December 2012 December 2012 [Back to News Archives Index]

» Official TI-84+CSE Updates: Specs, FAQs, More published December 12, 2012 by KermMartian
» "Self-Teaching a Love of STEM: A Personal Tale" published December 27, 2012 by KermMartian
» Announcing jsTIfied 1.0, an Online Graphing Calculator published December 31, 2012 by KermMartian